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  • Locations: Atlantic Ocean, At Sea; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Mahogany Bay, Honduras
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Other Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior Prerequisite: Yes
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Tourism
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Cruise Ship Management

Spend your winter break in the Caribbean learning what goes into the management and operation of a cruise ship. You will visit The Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay,Belize and Cozumel while traveling on the Carnival Glory cruise ship. On board, you will examine basic cruise operations including sales and booking, food and beverages, hotel operations, security, recreation activities, shore excursions, and personnel management through lectures and presentations by cruise ship staff.

Program Details


  • Tourism (TOUR) 331: Cruise Ship Management

Eligibility & Prerequisites

This program is open to all Tourism and Events Majors (TEM) with at least 60 hours of coursework (including TOUR 200, TOUR 220 and TOUR 230). Participants must be at least 21 years of age by the date of departure and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25. Tourism majors from outside of George Mason University who meet similar requirements are eligible with instructor permission.

Cruise Ship Management Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Carnival Foundation, financial assistance is available to promising scholars who are interested in cruise ship management.  Several scholarship awards (valued at $1,250 each) will be made during Winter Break 2018 to successful students enrolled in and completing TOUR 331 (Cruise Ship Management).  The purpose of the scholarship is to create an economically diverse group of course participants by supporting students who demonstrate financial need and academic promise.

Scholarship recipients must:
  1. be a declared major in the Bachelor of Science (Tourism and Events Management) program at George Mason University,
  2. be a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) during the Spring 2018 semester,
  3. be enrolled in TOUR 331 (note pre-requisites),
  4. successfully complete TOUR 331,
  5. begin the Spring 2018 semester with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0,
  6. submit a current resumé and statement of interest/commitment, and
  7. demonstrate financial need.
Click here to download the Cruise Ship Management Scholarship Application.


Double or triple occupancy rooms on cruise ship.

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3160.00


  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Accommodations
  • Almost all meals
  • Group excursions and activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Travel Insurance

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending
  • Optional excursions and activities

Program Itinerary*

Pre-cruise meeting 1 (Nov. 3) 9am-12pm: 9:00 a.m. – noon:  Orientation meeting. International travel presentation. Risk management presentation.
(Fairfax Campus)
Pre-cruise meeting 2 (Nov. 17)      9am-12pm: 9:00 a.m. – noon:  Cruise industry history, issues and trends (Fairfax Campus)
Pre-cruise meeting 3 (Dec. 1) 9am-12pm: 9:00a.m. – noon:  Industry organization. On-shore support. (Fairfax Campus)
Pre-cruise meeting 4 (Dec. 9) 12:30pm- early evening: Pre-Departure Orientation (Fairfax Campus)
Cruise Day 1 Participants arrive at port in Florida.
1:00 pm:  Orientation, business development, ship tour.
4:00 pm:  Depart on Carnival Ship
Cruise Day 2 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:  Shore activities.
Evening:  Hotel /Guest services / Ship Administration
Cruise Day 3 9:30 – 4:00 p.m.:  Shore activities.
Evening.: Food Services / Sales / Group Services
Cruise Day 4 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:  Group shore excursion.  Field assignments.
Cruise Day 5 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:  Shore activities. Field assignments.
8:00 p.m.:  Depart for next location.
Cruise Day 6 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:  At sea class meetings  (Entertainment / Cruise Director functions, Retailing, Corporate operations, Maritime security, Environmental Dept.)
Cruise Day 7 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.:   Group breakfast. Arrive back in Florida. Debark.
Post-cruise meeting
(Feb. 9)  
9am-1pm Final group presentations and evaluation (Fairfax Campus)
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Russell Brayley
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.